Elbow surgery on Twins' Liriano goes as planned

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano, his brilliant rookie season cut short because of arm soreness, had surgery on his left elbow as scheduled Monday.

The team said the procedure, performed in southern California by Dr. Lewis Yocum with assistance from Twins physician Dr. John Steubs, took about 90 minutes and went without any complications.

Liriano, who went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA last season before elbow pain knocked him out of the lineup, will miss the entire 2007 season as he rehabilitates from the ligament transplant procedure known as Tommy John surgery.